Kidney Infection

A kidney infection is a painful and unpleasant illness usually caused by cystitis, a common infection of the bladder. Most people with cystitis won’t get a kidney infection but, occasionally, the bacteria can travel up from the bladder into one or both kidneys. If treated with antibiotics straightaway, a kidney …

Menopause

The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. Periods usually start to become less frequent over a few months or years before they stop altogether. Sometimes they can stop suddenly. The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 …

Glandular Fever

Glandular fever mostly affects teenagers and young adults. It gets better without treatment, but it can make you feel very ill and last for weeks. See a GP if you have: a very high temperature or you feel hot and shivery a severe sore throat swelling either side of your …

Back Pain

Back pain is very common and normally improves within a few weeks or months. Pain in the lower back (lumbago) is particularly common, although it can be felt anywhere along the spine – from the neck down to the hips. In most cases the pain isn’t caused by anything serious and …

Diabetes

Overview Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. The hormone insulin – produced by the pancreas – is responsible for controlling the amount of glucose in the blood There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 – where the pancreas doesn’t produce …

Norovirus

Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It’s also called the winter vomiting bug because it’s more common in winter, although you can catch it at any time of the year. Norovirus can be very unpleasant but it usually clears …

Sciatica

Sciatica is when the sciatic nerve, which runs from your hips to your feet, is irritated. It usually gets better in 4 to 6 weeks but can last longer. Check if you have sciatica If you have sciatica, your: bottom backs of your legs feet and toes may feel: painful …

Depression

Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. …

Thrush

Thrush in men and women Thrush is a common yeast infection that affects men and women. It’s usually harmless but it can be uncomfortable and keep coming back. It isn’t classed as a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Check if you have thrush Thrush symptoms in women white discharge (like cottage …

Chickenpox

Chickenpox is common and mostly affects children, although you can get it at any age. It usually gets better by itself within a week without needing to see a GP. Check if it’s chickenpox 1. Chickenpox starts with red spots. They can appear anywhere on the body. 2. The spots …